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I’m Alert Food Safety Training

I’m alert is an online interactive platform including quizzes for food handlers of any skill level looking to improve their knowledge on the safe practices and procedures when handling food.

The online program is the equivalent of a two-day consultant delivered course and covers a wide scope of the Food Safety Standards, relevant to all food handlers.

During the course you will gain an understanding of:

There is no practical involved in this program and upon completion you will receive a certificate with your details included which can be kept as part of your food safety records.

Please be advised that you will require the follow system requirements in order to get the most out of the course:

Visit the I'm Alert Food Safety Training website.


Food Act Notification

Notification is a requirement under the Food Act, 2001 and involves all businesses notifying Council of their business and contact details. All businesses that sell food within the City of Marion are required to complete a notification form.

How does a food premises notify?

Notification forms can be obtained from the Community Health & Safety Unit's Environmental Health Team or by downloading the below form:

Completed forms can be returned to City of Marion via one of the following methods:

Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In Person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047


When should a food premises notify?

If an existing food business changes ownership or if there is a change in the name or address of the business, the proprietor of the business must notify Council of these changes within 14 days.

Under the Food Act, if opening or starting to operate a food business, the proprietor of the business must not trade unless he/she has notified Council.


Temporary food premises

Temporary food premises are also required to complete a notification form before any event.

Temporary food premises are structures set up for a specific, occasional event such as a fete or fair where the cost of providing a permanent structure is unnecessary for food safety.

Temporary food premises may not be able to meet some of the requirements of the Food Safety Standards due to their temporary nature.

The Food Safety Standards allow temporary food premises to be exempt from the following clauses:

The Temporary Food Premises Notification Form and Application for Exemption from Food Safety Standard can be downloaded here: Temporary Food Business Notification Form(98 kb)

Event Organisers can complete a separate notification form which details all the stall holders on the one form, rather than each individual stall holder completing a separate notification form. The Event Notification Form can be downloaded here: Temporary Food Business Notification Form Events(100 kb).


Is there a charge for notification?

Notification is free. Failure to notify can result in large penalties.


Hand washing and hand drying facilities

Temporary food premises are required to have hand washing facilities, although they do not need to be permanent. If permanent hand washing facilities are not available, the requirements of the Food Safety Standards can still be met without the need for an exemption. A container of warm water with a tap or valve, supplied with a collection bucket for wastewater, along with soap and single use paper towels must be supplied in areas where food handlers work.

If these basic hand washing facilities cannot be provided, an exemption may be issued if an Environmental Health Officer is satisfied that food safety is not placed at risk. For example, where there is a limited number of food handlers and only minimal hand contact with food, the Environmental Health Officer may issue an exemption for the supply and use of warm running water.


Food related complaints

Council's Environmental Health Officers routinely inspect all food premises to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2001 and the Food Regulations 2002. Complaints regarding food premises, food handling and food poisoning are investigated by the Environmental Health Officers.

If you have concerns about any of the following issues, please contact one of Council's Environmental Health Officers on (08) 8375 6600:

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responsible for the administration of primary industries legislation. The Dairy Authority of SA and Meat Hygiene unit are two PIRSA agencies with responsibilities for Meat and Dairy product safety.


Prosecution of breaches of the Food Act

The City of Marion's Environmental Health Officers inspect food businesses for compliance with the Food Act 2001 (SA) and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and work with businesses to improve standards.

The use of enforcing the Food Act is proportionate and graduated and dependent on a wide range of factors including the compliance history of the food business and the level of risk posed to consumers.

The names of businesses or individuals that have been found guilty by a court of a breach of the Food Act are placed on a public Food Prosecution Register, maintained by SA Health. The name remains on the register for two years from the date of the court decision.

Council has also made a resolution to place the names of businesses or individuals that have been found guilty by a court of a breach of the Food Act on the City of Marion's website. The name will remain on the City of Marion prosecution register for a period of two years from the Court decision date.

Prosecution Register

Michael Calava; and Tight Assignments Pty Ltd, previous proprietors of a food business in the City of Marion area, each convicted of 3 counts of offences under Section 21 of the Food Act on 16 April 2015:


Dairy Authority of South Australia

The Dairy Authority licences milk vendors, dairy food processors and dairy farmers (including goat and sheep dairy farmers).

Food safety enquiries or information on codes of practice can be obtained by contacting the:

Dairy Authority of SA
33 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8223 2277


Meat Hygiene Program

The aim of the PIRSA Meat Hygiene Program is to administer the Meat Australian Standards which exists to ensure that all meat and meat products processed in South Australia for domestic and restricted export consumption are wholesome.

All sectors of the meat processing industry i.e butchers (excluding purely retail operations) are affected by the Meat Hygiene Act 1994.

Enquiries about food businesses administered under the Meat Australian Standards can be made to:

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
GPO Box 1671, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8429 0387


Food poisoning

Please view information sheets below for further details regarding food poisoning bacteria:

If you believe you have food poisoning, visit your doctor. A doctor can take samples for laboratory analysis to see whether your symptoms are food related.

If a sample comes back positive for a notifiable disease, the doctor should notify the Department of Health, who may require your food history to help find the cause of the illness.


Websites of interest


Further information

For further information, please contact:

Community Health & Safety Unit
Phone: (08) 8375 6600
Fax: 8375 6699
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046


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